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Pinchbeck United are looking forward to taking part in a new United Counties League knock-out competition

Pinchbeck United boss Lewis Thorogood has welcomed the introduction of a supplementary competition following the curtailment of the United Counties League campaign.

The Knights have already indicated their willingness to take part in the competition which has been introduced by United Counties League officials after a meeting of the Alliance and Leagues committees last week decided to ‘curtail the seasons with immediate effect’.

The plan would be for initial group stages to lead into a knock-out competition with matches possibly starting on Saturday, April 10, and then running into May.

Pinchbeck United manager Lewis Thorogood.
Pinchbeck United manager Lewis Thorogood.

Thorogood said: “It is something that I fully support and fully get behind because I think it is something that will be good for everybody.

“There are lads who are desperate to get back doing something and there are communities who want to see football again.

“It is also a good opportunity to almost do the ground-work to get games back on so that we are ready for the new season.

“It will also help with the planning for next season by looking at players and the squad because a lot of them haven’t kicked a ball for several months.

“A lot of the leagues across the country are doing similar and it is something that we will be supporting and championing.”

The curtailment of the league campaign means Pinchbeck will maintain their Premier Division status for another season.

The Knights had only picked up two points from their 12 league games this term but Thorogood – who only took over towards the end of October – believes they could have escaped the drop if the season had continued.

The former Spalding boss added: “The decision to curtail the season was inevitable and I don’t think there was any surprise at all.

“There is an element of frustration for us because we kicked our last ball on Boxing Day in a narrow defeat at Shepshed in the 96th minute.

“I genuinely believe that, with the squad we had started to put together, we could have got ourselves out of the situation that the club was in when we took over.

“It is what it is though so we will use the situation to start afresh again. We had done a lot of the ground-work during the second lockdown and the boys are keen to keep that momentum going and kick on from now and into next season.”

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